Tag Archives: political correctness

How To Survive A Modern Day Witch-hunt

Sound advice from Return of Kings—portions of the introduction:

Witch-hunts are becoming increasingly common. A list of over a hundred names purged from their jobs for unpopular beliefs or controversial statements can be found here. American political warfare has reached the same state as actual warfare, where the line between combatant and civilian is blurred. Americans used to put aside their political beliefs to work together, and now they actively use their beliefs to purge each other from the public sphere through modern Inquisitions…

Just as traditional witch-hunts were not always about purging actual witches, modern witch-hunts often target innocent men for political reasons. You do not have to actually be a witch to be targeted by a witch-hunt. The best cure is prevention—don’t wait till you’re a target to develop a strategy.

Read the whole thing.

Email sent to Chicago Tribune About the Washington Redskins

Here is an email sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after an article he published concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins.

Dear Mr. Page…

I always love your articles. and I generally agree with them.  I would suggest, as in an email I received, they change the name to the “Foreskins” to better represent their community, paying tribute to the dick heads in Congress.

Here are some other politically correctness to consider: I agree with our Native American population . I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay.

We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.

Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians.   If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60’s alive . Gone.   It’s offensive to us
white folk.

The New York Yankees offend the Southern population .   Do you see a team named for the Confederacy?  No!  There is no room for any
reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men’s lives.

]I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names.   Totally inappropriate to have the New
Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.

Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged .   We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the
Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children .  The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits.   Wrong message to our children .

The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic .   Wrong message to our children ..

The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates . Wrong message to our children .

The Milwaukee Brewers—well that goes without saying . . . Wrong message to our children.

So, there you go.   We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should .   Just the kind of thing the do-nothing congress loves . . .

As a die hard Oregon State fan,  with all of this in mind, it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to something other than “the Beavers.”

Keep those cards and letters coming.

 

P. J. O’Rourke’s Commencement Speech to Rutgers’ Geniuses: Go Forth and Fail

Greetings, Class of 2014. So Condoleezza Rice was too offensive for you. Just wait until Monday morning. Did you learn how to spell KFC?

It’s quite funny, if you can laugh about such things.

Mel Brooks on Blazing Saddles

One of the funniest movies ever—a piece from Yayoo Movies, “They can’t make that movie today because everybody’s so politically correct.”

And in reference to it, Sarah Hoyt quotes Robert  A. Heinlein:

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything — you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.

“Check Your Privilege”

From the Library of Law and Liberty, an article called, “Check Your Argument,” which turns the latest phrase used on college campuses by leftists to shut people up, back on themselves.  Refer to this piece by a Princeton freshman for a better understanding of the background: “Why I’ll Never Apologize for My White Male Privilege.” (He won’t apologize because there is no need to.) A quote from the first article:

This new form of an old disorder also shows that despite the orthodoxy on many campuses many left-liberals remain very afraid of classical liberal and conservative dissent.  Just as students who protested Condi Rice’s prospective graduation speech at Rutgers showed strength in numbers but weakness in intellectual confidence, so do those who parrot this new campus slogan.  If your underlying argument is flawed, you do need a force other than logic and evidence to sustain your position.  Political correctness is an admission of intellectual frailty. (Emphasis mine)

Update: The Banality of ‘Privilege’ (Hat tip: Instapundit—The left’s Privilege Police….)

“Climate Change And The Need To Suppress Dissent”

From Manhattan Contrarian, an excellent summary of the current state of affairs on “climate change.” (Hasn’t it always changed?) Francis Menton’s money quote:

Well, I think it’s a pretty good principle of life that those seeking to suppress the other side of the argument have a good sense that in a fair debate they are going to lose.

“21st Century Prudery”

You Can’t Say That On The Internet, from The New York Times (Hat tip: Instapundit) An excerpt:

A BASTION of openness and counterculture, Silicon Valley imagines itself as the un-Chick-fil-A. But its hyper-tolerant facade often masks deeply conservative, outdated norms that digital culture discreetly imposes on billions of technology users worldwide.

What is the vehicle for this new prudishness? Dour, one-dimensional algorithms, the mathematical constructs that automatically determine the limits of what is culturally acceptable.

Consider just a few recent kerfuffles. In early September, The New Yorker found its Facebook page blocked for violating the site’s nudity and sex standards. Its offense: a cartoon of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Eve’s bared nipples failed Facebook’s decency test.

That’s right — a venerable publication that still spells “re-elect” as “reëlect” is less puritan than a Californian start-up that wants to “make the world more open.”

 

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The Politically Incorrect Etymologies of 11 Words and Phrases

From Mental Floss:

At various moments in its life, a word will hop languages, change meanings, travel through sinister moments and land in pleasant ones. But no matter how many times it’s superimposed, and how far it gets from its original source, a word doesn’t let go of its memories easily. Here are 11 modern English words with socially insensitive origins.

 

Read the list at the above link.

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Malevolent Altruism

Dr. Helen, a psychologist, asks, Is Political Correctness a form of Pathological Altruism? The three women discussing the subject in the linked video help with the explanation; and one commenter’s C. S. Lewis quote—a well-known one—is appropriate here:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

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